Dave Arnold's 77 Monaco

This original California Highway Patrol 1977 Dodge Monaco is currently being restored back to its origins as a CHP unit.

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  • 10 years 2 months ago
    007. Dismantling the interior
    Tony

    When CHP sold this unit, apparently they painted the car maroon. Back then, they would pay for a cheap paint job and used various colors. My 74 had been painted gold but the white roof was left.

    The previous owner (whom I bought it from) had sanded off most of the maroon paint off the exterior, allowing the original black and white to show through. He also had the white roof re-painted but didn't get the entire car finished with paint.

    I'm not sure at this moment if CHP would pay to have the door jams painted or if maybe the second owner had painted them. I'd have to look at pre-restoration photos of my 74 and see what color the jams were when I got it.

    Dave
  • Tony (Private)
    10 years 2 months ago
    007. Dismantling the interior
    Dave,
    Is it normal for black and white cars to have been another color. I see kind of a maroon color in the door jams. May someone tryed to paint over the blace and white?
  • Sarge (Private)
    10 years 6 months ago
    001. First sight of the Monaco in California as the seller came to meet me.
    Cool. Where can I get one of these (or the similar Coronets & Furies)?
  • MoparSquad (Private)
    11 years ago
    026. Graphics on
    Hi Dave,
    great restoration job !!!! i"ts a beautiful car, I'ma proud owner of a 1977 Plymouth Fury with 360 c.i. police pursuit package where i can get the tailigth lenses for that car my email is
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    11 years 7 months ago
    026. Graphics on
    Hi Dave,
    great job !
    I'm a big fun of CHiPs !
    I was wondering how much you are going to sell this jewel !?
    and how much would it cost shipping to europe !?
    I'm sure I can't afford the price as I'm only a student but you know maybe when I'll have a job ... who knows !
    Thank you for your great jobs and pics !
    Davide from Italy
  • Alex Grape (Private)
    11 years 9 months ago
    026. Graphics on
    Hi Dave,
    the 117,5 inch wheelbase Monaco ist just one of the most beautiful cars ever built.

    I love to see, that you saved one from degeneration.

    My greatest compliments for such a beautiful car.
  • Gary (Private)
    12 years 1 month ago
    002. First good look of the Monaco in California
    Ya, those CHP Monaco's just grow on trees at Wally World.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    12 years 1 month ago
    002. First good look of the Monaco in California
    Wal-Mart Fall Apart! It's amazing at the crap you can buy at Wal-Mart.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    12 years 1 month ago
    007. Dismantling the interior
    Whats that mystery stain?
  • KARAGANDA Lithuania (Private)
    12 years 2 months ago
    005. After making it all the way to Texas, the Monaco finds a home.
    Kaip šuns vardas? In Lithuania i live 21 yers!
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    Fabulous. What that may have to do with a CHP car in a driveway in Texas, I'll never know....

    Greg
    copcar dot com
  • Joe A (Private)
    12 years 9 months ago
    019. Coming out of the paint shop
    I'm sure glad there is a work ticket on the mirror. Wouldn't want your 26 yr old copcar confused with all the others at the shop. Paint looks good. Nice job.
  • Joe A (Private)
    12 years 9 months ago
    016. Off to the paint and body shop
    The sign above the car seems to be calling to me. It could be an omen?
  • 12 years 10 months ago
    007. Dismantling the interior
    The CHP used to paint the cars before selling them. Including the door jams. The unit number wasn't visible on the 74 that Robert now has.
  • 12 years 10 months ago
    005. After making it all the way to Texas, the Monaco finds a home.
    That's my other "black and white"
  • jesedv (Private)
    12 years 10 months ago
    007. Dismantling the interior
    Dave,

    did they really paint all over???

    I am happy your unit number is still visible...

    What wannebes and fools!

    jesedv
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    Who is a "wannebe" or "fool" and why?

    Traditionally, the CHP repaints their old cars before they are sold to the public.

    Greg
    copcar dot com